I stumbled on this article a little while ago, and the author makes an interesting proposition in his selection of decent alternatives in the SHTF (survival) scenario, in that his list includes the Usual Suspects (AR-15, AK-47, M1 Carbine, large-caliber lever rifle), but also suggests the… semi-auto .22 rifle.
Now I know, one should embrace the power of the word “and” with the idea, and indeed, the idea of an EBR coupled with a .22 rifle makes all sorts of sense, but I’m not at all sure that relying on a .22 rifle alone would be a wise thing. Here’s Cody Griffin’s take:
The .22-caliber rimfire ammunition doesn’t deliver any kickback or recoil, but can hit targets at 100-yards with deadly precision and ease.
One of the biggest advantages of a .22-rimfire long rifle is the abundance and affordability of ammunition. This will allow you to enjoy endless days of target shooting before SHTF and the opportunity to stockpile plenty of backup rounds to have on hand when disaster strikes.
No issue with any of the above, but here’s the (unspoken) kicker: is it better to drop a small bullet into an eyeball out to 100 yards, or to have a decent stopper with “reasonable” accuracy operating at the same range?
I myself have embraced the first scenario, only I’ve attempted to increase the oomph somewhat by having a small-caliber rifle in .22 WinMag (rather than .22 LR) which can, and does, drop bullets into a dime-sized target all day. (I also have a Harris bipod for it, just to assist in the process.) Not only does the .22 WMR boolet arrive with more authority than the .22 LR’s, it nearly doubles the effective range thereof.
“But Kim,” you wail, “what about rate of fire? A boltie is nowhere near as quick as a semi-auto!”
Which is why I have that covered (embracing the power of “and”) by also having my little Taurus 62, with a dozen rounds of .22 LR goodness in the tube mag:
Here’s my final take on the topic, and it should be well known to all Loyal Readers by now.
The .22 rifle (of whatever action type) is not a firearm, but a household appliance like a frying pan — and its ammunition is not ammunition, but a household commodity like sugar or salt.
In short, every home should have one, and under such circumstances, a “survival” scenario will always include both the EBR and the rimfire options.
And as such, Cody Griffin’s list needn’t include the .22 LR rifle, for the same reason that a list of survival items needn’t include “clothing” because duh.
You all do own at least one rimfire rifle, don’t you? One for each family member, yes? And an elegant sufficiency* of rimfire ammunition on hand?
*over 1,000 rounds (two bricks) per gun.